Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has said the reason for his successful career as a footballer is because he is always willing to learn and adapt.
Starting as a youngster at Sporting CP, Ronaldo said when he joined Manchester United, he ensured he learned a lot from the stars around him, on and off the pitch.
According to Cristiano, he would’ve been silly to not learn anything from the talented players at Old Trafford.
On how he scored lots of goals for Ferguson, his words, “By using my brain. If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doing things better than you.
“That’s what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand… if you don’t learn from guys like that, you’re an imbecile.
“The goal isn’t to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That’s what I did. I had some talent and I watched them.
“Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot, and I realised I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass. I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness. I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I’m strong and I’m quick.
“If you have this and a real ethic and a good lifestyle, you can still do it at 34-and-a-half.”
“We faced Lokomotiv Moscow, who refused to play and parked the bus in front of their goal,”
“It was hard to score. I didn’t do it and I was frustrated at the end. That’s normal. The most important thing is that the team wins.
“But when I went back to the dressing room, I chilled out. After the match, I went to dinner with friends. I got home at four in the morning. I had a glass of iced water before bed. I slept until 10 then I had my breakfast.
“At 11, I went to work in the gym. If you don’t have that discipline every day, you can’t stay at the top for 15 years.”
On Basketball star, Michael Jordan, “I’ve learned from him and all those who achieved excellence,”
“And I don’t just mean in sports.
“I like to read about the Noble Prize, on what people have invented, generated, created, developed. The Nobel Prize for people like that, it’s like winning the Ballon d’Or for me,” he said. “I like to know why they’ve invented something and how they did it. It’s important and it’s going to help me become even better.”